March 26, 2012

Birthday Floats

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Birthdays come just once a year, and you definitely want your spouse to feel special on that day. But often times money is tight, schedules are busy, and you just can’t do anything ‘big.’ My husband’s birthday is right after Christmas so often times he doesn’t need anything and we’re so celebrated out that we don’t do much. However, this year I wanted to do something special that didn’t cost a lot. This is totally doable! You just have to plan ahead.

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Since my hubby was turning 28, I went to the store and bought 28 balloons. I then printed off 28 labels with OUR address (addressed to him) and slapped them and a stamp on some envelopes. Then on the back I wrote “Do not open until January 22nd” (which is my husband’s birthday – in case he got the mail before his birthday!)

I also typed up a little note explaining that it was Justin’s birthday and I wanted him to receive 28 balloon messages from family and friends. The note also instructed to blow up the balloon, write a funny/quick/thoughtful/whatever birthday message, sign it, deflate, stick the balloon back in the envelope, seal it shut, and drop it in the mail.

Luckily, we saw a lot of family and friends over the holiday and I was able to hand deliver them the envelopes. But I did have to mail a few of the envelopes/balloons in a larger envelope to friends out of state. Then I waited for the balloons to come back….

****Just a word to the wise….YOU will be super excited about this and thinking about it all the time, BUT the family/friends helping do this “MIGHT” not be thinking about it as much as you. ;) SO….be sure to send off reminder emails once or twice asking if they’ve had a chance to drop it in the mail!

Start the Birthday Date off by giving your spouse this simple birthday card. Write whatever sweet/funny/sappy message you want inside. I went the cheesy route by telling him I hoped his Birthday “floated” above the rest. {Get it…balloons…rootbeer floats (to come)…I told you it was cheesy!}

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When my hubby got home from his busy day we began the celebrations with dinner! I made his favorite meal – steak fajitas – and then I dumped a pile of 28 envelopes in front of him. He began opening them up and blowing up the balloons to read the messages. It was SO fun to see him excited about reading what everyone had written.

Some were hilarious, some were thoughtful, some were simple…but they were all great! It made the house feel so festive (and the kids loved playing with them too!) I would have loved to rent a helium tank and had them all blown up…but it wasn’t in the budget, and they still looked great with good ol’ hot air. :)

Instead of a bouquet of flowers, he got a balloon bouquet made of beef jerky! I did a similar bouquet for Valentine’s Day the first year we were married, but had taped the sticks to Flower cut-outs. To make this bouquet just cut out a balloon shape from cardstock and tape a stick of beef jerky to the back. Justin loves beef jerky so this was perfect for him, but you could easily use other long sticks of candy.

To finish the night off, we had the hubby’s favorite dessert – Rootbeer Floats! It was the perfect ending to birthday evening at home and it made his birthday “float” above the rest. ;)

Looking for other birthday dates? Check those here. And check out this other “float” date idea that is perfect for summer.

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33 Responses to “Birthday Floats”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    SUCH a stinkin’ cute idea!! Great job, Erika!!

  2. Wendy wendy says:

    Love birthdays! Love thsi great idea!

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks for the idea! My husband’s birthday is New Year’s Eve, so it’s always hard to do something special on that day. I will be sure to keep this in mind for the next birthday.

  4. JB says:

    I love this idea! My husband’s birthday is just a few days before Valentine’s day. The only thing he ever asks for are gift cards to Academy, so I’m always looking for creative ideas to make his birthday special. This year I did a “birthday wall of surprise” with lots of cards from friends and family. I like this idea for next year!

    • Erika Erika says:

      My sister has the same problem! Her husband’s birthday is ON Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of a Birthday Wall! Maybe I’ll have to try that one next year.

  5. TJ says:

    This is really awesome, thank you for this great idea!

  6. Kp says:

    I adore this! Thank you for sharing! The jerky balloons are my favorite – my guy is so addicted to jerky its ridiculous. He would love this!

  7. Corie corie says:

    I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Lisa P. Lisa P. says:

    What a fun date!

  9. Kristen kristen says:

    Seriously soo clever! love this one, and bet my hubby would too!!!

  10. Mel says:

    I love this idea! I’m not sure if I’m understanding right….So, family/friends blow up the balloon with their mouth, and write on it without tying….Then, your husband uses his mouth to blow up the balloons? Or did you use something to put air into the balloons?

    • Erika Erika says:

      Yes, they blew it up with their mouths. We have a small hand pump that we used to blow them up, but your spouse could blow them up as well.

  11. Brooke says:

    Thanks for the idea! I’m doing this for my sister’s 30th Birthday since I won’t be able to be there with her!

  12. Rach says:

    I love this idea! My h2b loves beef jerky too (as do I!) so I’ll be using that part too :) Thanks so much, this will make his day!

  13. Melanie says:

    What a GREAT idea!!! My husband’s birthday is today…so I guess I’ll have to wait until next year. Love that it is so thoughtful and doesn’t cost a lot!!

  14. Kelly says:

    How did you do this? I tried it at home, using sharpies and permanent markers, and when the balloon deflates the writing completely smudges! Did you tell your friends and family to use a certain kind of pen or balloon?

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hey Kelly, I didn’t give specific instructions to our friends and family and YES some of them were smudged. What I found worked the best for us were the fine tip sharpie markers. And you have to let them dry before you deflate. Good luck!

  15. Katie says:

    I have the same question as Kelly. I tried Sharpies as well, but it is smudging everywhere. Does anyone have a suggestion?

    • Erika Erika says:

      Fine tip sharpies work the best. AND you have to let them dry before you deflate. Some of ours still smudged….but they were still readable. Good luck!

  16. Maria says:

    Loved this idea, so I decided to try it but the postal service said it would be problems mailing the envelopes with the balloon since it caused a small bump in the envelope and they wanted to charge more for postage. Did you run into this problem?
    Thanks

    • Erika Erika says:

      Maria, I didn’t run into that problem. I just put a stamp on them and dropped them in the mail. They are pretty flat and with nothing else in the envelope I wouldn’t think they’d charge you extra. I’m sorry, I didn’t have that problem.

  17. Malori says:

    I heard about y’all from listening to a podcast of the Army Wife Network show, and this is an AWESOME site!! :) My fiancé’s birthday is this coming weekend and I am still trying to plan what to do for him, but I’m getting so many (almost too many lol) ideas from here. I absolutely LOVE the balloon message idea. If he ever has a birthday during deployment (bound to happen sooner or later) I am definitely doing that for him. :)

    I might do the beef jerky balloon thing this year though. :)

    • Erika Erika says:

      Malori, we’re so glad you found us! And we love the Army Wife Nework as well. The balloon idea would be SO great during deployment (although I do hope that doesn’t happen to you!)

      Hope he loves the beef jerky!

  18. Vickie says:

    What a great idea! My son will turn 28 in December and lives in another state. I think I will use your idea, but with a twist. I will tell him 28 reasons why I love him and what he means to me! Thanks again for all of your wonderful ideas!

  19. Huda says:

    Hi! I love this idea! My question is after blowing up all those messages, how do you keep them? Do you store them in a memory box, or you just throw them away after the year is done?

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